Technology is useful for preparing information to present, presenting
the information, for making contact with experts around the world and
for a myriad of other activities. Setting up a classroom with
computers can be challenging for many reasons. The physical layout of
many classrooms today was devised prior tothe advent of computers.
Before you place computers in your classroom, there are a few considerations:
1) Wiring may pose a problem or may even restrict where computers are
placed. Always talk with your facilities management people about how many
things you can plug into existing outlets. Always use surge protectors
to protect the computers from power spikes that will burn out their delicate
2) Consider placing computer learning areas together so students can
collaborate on projects.
3) Don't use tables that were used for writing surfaces or holding lunch
plates. These table surfaces were designed to be used at a greater
height from the floor than those used for computers. If possible, use a
surface that is designed for use with computers. The height may vary depending
on whether adult or children will be using the surface. Ask for guidance
from a professional ergonomist before you purchase. The ECEE technical
committee is working on guidelines for furniture and they will be posted when
4) Do consider where you will be standing when you are teaching. Being able
to see the monitor screens allows you to keep an eye on what the students are
5) Do have an image projection system that can be seen in normally bright
6) Do project images onto an appropriate surface that is free of glare.
Painted walls are not appropriate surfaces because they distort images and
7) Do project images you want your students to see where they can see the
images and their monitor screens at the same time. This way they can see and
practice skills if needed.
8) Do project images and text that are large enough to be seen by students
who are furthest away from the images. Seat students with visual impairments
where they can see the images without straining.
9) Do have a sound system that allows you to vary loudness of the audio
being heard. You may need special equipment enhancements for students with